Beginning thinking about
the start of a new creative writing and mindfulness gathering, already germinating and readying for the start next Wednesday, I meandered through my diaries and came across an entry written during the last session of the last group, held on a misty early evening Bristol, December 8, 2017.
I have transposed my words just as they came, (trying as much as possible to resit the temptation to edit and refine and I find I have almost succeded!)
In this moment I am feeling the ache on the back of my neck, my body temperature has increased, my cheeks feel somehow fuller. I am rested but tired, relaxed but also on the extreme edge of my energy.
And now we are joined by the blackbirds call, this wonderful chirrup to the coming of evening, the mystical movement, the passing of hours, unbidden, unstoppable, but glorious and open, opening, dreamlike, like the far off petals of spring, evolving even now long before their heightened March to their spectacularly unseen future unfurlment.
Delicacy within our unconsciously shared movement, our universally delicious and sensual earthiness, our ongoing ageing, drifting until with a sigh I recollect that I am indeed right now, alive, interactive and becoming immersed in the complexity of loving, of growing and shedding to ink the desires of this day, streaming, steaming into newness.
Even unfurling from and within this sticky antiquated university carpet flooring (the creak of my boots as they attach and free, as I rhythmically write as they seem some how similar and yet infinitesimally different from one week, from one breath to the next.
Breathe in and out and in and it reminds me again of Evelyn Underhil’ls wonderful writing about how we habitually name a flower as flower and move on, not seeing the uniqueness, not tasting or waking to the unbearable childlike wonder that surrounds us in abundance in every moment. Missing our interconnections, big time, big times and small.
What concentration and lightness of touch these fellow humans show as together we caress the page in spontaneous flow. What luminosity and laughter, painfulness and sorrows await these paper leaves.
How wonderful to have time to rest and reflect, to observe this blackness flowing from my arm, down wrist finger and fountain pen. How freely the page absorbs my words, without complaint or resistance. Maybe the paper is acting as free and unbidden as God does with love? What would you say to that Mr Merton, my ever present mentor from beyond?
Ha, the morning reading from his Seeds of Contemplation have germinated and flowered in this oddest of moment.
But back to the tangible dimension of this room, of these five people sharing this writing expansion, over looked by the austere oil painting of some distant founding father, sitting upright on these velveted high backed throw backs from the 1950’s.
Yes, coming back to ourselves, gathered around this dark oak table, gathering in shards of shared and uniquely different endeavour. What of the beauty of shared reflections, not verbalised but absorbed within the private scratchings of pen and pencil upon the deconstructed, deconstructing forests of life.
Maybe even thoughts flow between us.
Unknowingly my past sigh, her gaze into mid distance, her little grunt of surprise or appreciation squeaked out between sentence creation, maybe all of these little humanesses transmit and absorb skin on skin, glimpsing each other within each other, as gently we cradle this gradually dimming place, gently we encradle the space within these privately shared endeavours of the Soul.
The sighs deepen as the evening light descends. Maybe arms ache and the wells are drying, maybe we dance within our various ebb and flow, maybe our hearts and breathing coalesce.
I look at my watch, careful not to overrun the agreed time. I re read and am caught by words that have emerged from beyond the me of me,
‘gently we cradle this gradually dimming place, gently we encradle the space within these privately shared endeavours of the Soul.’
I am taken aback while simultaneously joyful and reconfirmed in my love of shared writing, my love of having my private passion intersect within the mist of shared humanity, no need to talk or express but merely subsume unspoken connections within the sharing glide of pen. This is where I am free and uncensored, I am unleashed in a torrent of emerging expression, a suspension where I too can notice and be friendly towards, to float and refill, to rest in awareness and….
‘Ok,’ I now need to say, ‘gently come to the end or if you dare the middle of your present sentence, let your pen come to rest and let us all breathe…..’